Porta Romana The southern area of Milan develops around one of the city’s most ancient axis – Corso di Porta Romana, which develops from the central Missori square into Piazza Medaglie d’Oro where rises the Roman Gate (“Porta Romana”) dating from the Spanish 17th century/ seicentesca spagnola.The Corso runs south-east in the direction of the ancient via Emilia, the road which connected Milano and Roma. Around the middle part of Corso di Porta Romana, near the San Nazzaro square, is the beautiful complex of Filerete della Ca’ Granda dating the 15th century; the complex used to be a hospital and it currently houses the State University (“Università Statale”) of Milano. The area offers several cheap cafés where students meet for a coffee, a drink or a bite. Don’t miss out on the sweets of the Panarello patisserie from the Genoa tradition in the San Nazzaro square (where is also a church of the same name). Continuing towards south-east, on the left side of the Corso is the small via Orti (the street of the vegetable garden), the name of which reminds us that once upon a time this part of Milano used to be in the middle of the countryside. This tiny street presents several opportunities to stop for a drink or to eat outdoors.Within this area is also headquartered the Bocconi University, the most prestigious Italian school of management and economic science. The Ravizza park stretches nearby, close to which are a number of building sites currently transforming old warehouses into modern offices and blocks of flats; of note are the tall residential towers by architect Fuksas.The south area offers some of the best bars, nightclubs and live music venues of the city. However, for all the clubs and bars where to spend an evening (increasing in number around via Ripamonti and beyond) this area doesn’t have a specific centre/heart.